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Bobcat Volleyball Bested by Ball State in Four Sets

Chelsea Bilger led Ohio with 13 kills and also recorded 15 digs on the evening.

Oct. 14, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio -Ohio Volleyball dropped its first MAC match of the season on Friday evening, losing to Ball State in four sets 23-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-25 in a battle of division leaders. Despite the loss, the Bobcats remain three matches ahead of the closest East Division team in the standings.

Chelsea Bilger paced the Ohio attack with 13 kills, while Kelly Lamberti and Katie Post added 12 and 10, respectively. Mollie Geske paced all players with 18 digs, while Lamberti added 16 and Bilger tallied 15 to each finish the night with a double-double. Ohio hit only .168 as a team and committed nine service errors, but did manage to amass 12.0 team blocks.

Ohio used a six-point run in the first set to take an 11-3 lead on the Cardinals. However, the visitors battled back and would eventually even things 22-22. The Bobcats still led 23-22 but BSU rattled off the final three points of the set to take the lead in the match with a 25-23 victory. Ohio amassed a match-best five blocks in the first set with Post registering two solos and one assist.

The Bobcats fell behind by as many as 11 in the second set and could not fight back, eventually losing the set 25-16. Ohio had as many kills (six) as attack errors as it fell behind in the match 2-0.

Ohio was fired up coming out of the intermission as it used a four-point run to go ahead early on, 7-2. After the Cardinals cut the lead to 9-8, the Bobcats got kills from Post and Bilger before a BSU attack error pushed the advantage back to four. Once again, Ball State would rally and tie the set, 16-16.

Ohio held a two-point edge at 21-19 before Post slammed home a kill and BSU made two errors. Leading 24-20, Lamberti came up with the set-winning kill and got Ohio back in the match with a critical win. Post was a perfect 5-for-5 on attacks, while Hartnett and Bilger each hit .500 for the 'Cats.

In the fourth set, Ohio trailed 16-13 before the Cardinals collected nine of the next 11 points to win the set 25-15, and the match in four sets. Ball State hit .412 in the final set as it brought Ohio's 12-match winning streak against MAC opponents to an end.

Ohio returns to action Saturday evening, when it battles Toledo in a 7 p.m. start at the Convocation Center.